Smoked Salmon Salad in Cucumber Cups
Skip the cracker and serve this creamy smoked salmon and caper mixture in hollowed cucumber cups—crisp, refreshing, and kosher for Passover. Substitute gravlax or even flaked canned salmon if you prefer salmon that has not been smoked. Wasabi mayonnaise is available in the condiment section of most supermarkets. Or make your own by blending 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon wasabi paste, or more wasabi to taste.
Matzo Ball Soup
This staple Passover food can be enjoyed whether you're celebrating a Jewish holiday or not. Cookbook author Amelia Saltzman shares her recipe for simple mazto ball soup in an incredibly rich and well-balanced broth, a lighter note to balance the other dishes of the seder. Featuring soft, dumpling-like matzo balls made from matzo meal and eggs, this soup is the ultimate comfort food. While requiring a bit more effort than a jarred version, this homemade alternative is easy and definitely worth the results. Enjoy it as is, or garnish with parsley leaves. If you're making this for a crowd, make sure to start the day before so that it's served fresh and hot, and double the recipe to make sure everyone gets seconds.
Spicy Maple Turkey Breast with Quick Pan Sauce
Turkey is an great main for a big crowd, and not just on Thanksgiving. Substitute the flour used in the gravy with kosher for Passover potato starch.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Chive Sour Cream
We skip the mash and opt instead for the smash, a method of boiling, then flattening and baking potatoes for fluffy insides and maximum crispy edges. These potatoes deliver the best of both worlds: creamy, starchy center and crisp, golden edges. To smash, place the back of a wide spatula over each potato, and then press with the heel of your hand.
Haricots Verts with Shallots and Pine Nuts
A simple side of crisp-tender, slender green beans is a kid and adult favorite, and goes well with many dishes. Instead of pine nuts, you could use sliced toasted almonds or just omit them.
Arugula, Tomato, and Almond Salad
Fresh salads are a great way to break up the heavier dishes of a holiday seder. Juicy tomatoes and tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar do just that.
Coconut Macaroons with Bittersweet Chocolate and Pistachios
Macaroons are a traditional Passover dessert. You won't believe how easy it is to make them at home. The extra chocolate dip and pistachio garnish takes these cookies over the top.
Chewy Meringues with Tangerine-Lemon Curd
The meringues and curd can be made in advance and assembled just before serving. This sunshine-y, pucker-y end to your Passover meal will definitely be a memorable one.